February 2022

RT sees its influence diminish as TV providers and tech companies take action against the Russia-backed outlet

The actions taken by television providers and technology companies against RT have dealt one of the largest blows to the outlet in its history, reducing the Kremlin’s ability to peddle its narrative at a pivotal time when its international standing has fallen as a result of its unprovoked war on Ukraine. Meta, the parent company of Facebook (FB) and Instagram, and TikTok separately announced some of the harshest measures taken thus far against RT on Monday. The social media companies said they had moved to block RT in Europe. The outlet’s accounts will no longer be accessible to users on…


States want to boycott Russian vodka. Here’s why that won’t work

So far, officials in Ohio, Utah and New Hampshire have called on liquor stores to remove Russian-made or Russian-branded products from shelves, a move that largely targets vodka since it’s most closely associated with the country. Utah Governor Spencer Cox requested on Saturday that state-run liquor outlets “remove all Russian-produced and Russian-branded products,” explaining that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an “egregious violation of human rights.” New Hampshire’s Gov. Chris Sununu made a similar announcement, also asking for the removal of “Russian-made and Russian-branded spirits.” These moves are largely symbolic — and may even miss their intended target — as…


Why journalists covering Ukraine and Russia lean into the many unknowns of war reporting

We’re seeing only a small fraction of the action in Ukraine and Russia right now. And some of what we are seeing in social feeds and faraway commentary is distorted. So it’s important for news outlets to recognize this knowledge gap and underscore the known unknowns in the minute-by-minute coverage. I hate to fall back to the “fog of war” metaphor, but it exists for a reason. The fog is thick right now. Military officials know it. During a Sunday morning press briefing with Pentagon reporters, an unnamed senior defense official said something about “humility” that stood out to me….


Christian Eriksen makes first appearance since cardiac arrest 259 days ago

Eriksen came on in the 52nd minute in Brentford’s 2-0 loss to Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday. He received a hero’s welcome from all four corners of the Brentford Community Stadium as he stepped onto the pitch for the first time in eight months. “If you take away the result, I’m one happy man. To go through what I’ve been through, being back is a wonderful feeling,” Eriksen said afterward. “You can never predict the game. I don’t think anyone predicted we’d be down to 10 men so early. The guys did what they could. It was…


Inflation is still rising: This key price index increased at its fastest pace since 1982

The price index tracking consumer spending increased by 6.1% between January 2021 and January 2022, according to new data from the Commerce Department released Friday. That was the biggest annual increase since February 1982. Stripping out food and energy costs, which tend to be more volatile, prices rose 5.2% over the same period. It was the fastest advance since April 1983. For the month of January, prices rose 0.6%, or 0.5% excluding energy and food, in line with economists’ predictions but at a faster rate than in the month prior. The personal consumption expenditure price index, or PCE, is the…


Poland, Sweden refuse to play Russia in World Cup qualification playoffs after invasion of Ukraine

The president of Poland’s football association Cezary Kulesza announced the news on Saturday. “No more words, time to act! Due to the escalation of the aggression of the Russian Federation towards Ukraine the Polish national team does not intend to play the play-off match against Russia,” he tweeted. “We are in talks with (Swedish) and (Czech) federations to bring forward a joint statement to FIFA.” Poland was due to travel to Moscow to face Russia on Thursday, March 24, while Ukraine was scheduled to travel to face Scotland on the same day. The winner of the Poland-Russia game would host…


Top Russian tennis stars speak out against war in Ukraine

Speaking on Thursday, Medvedev, who won the US Open last year, addressed the situation in his home country after winning his match in Mexico, saying he is “all for peace.” “In this moment, you understand that tennis sometimes is not that important,” he said. He continued, “By being a tennis player, I want to promote peace all over the world. We play in so many different countries. I’ve been in so many countries as a junior and as a pro. It’s just not easy to hear all this news.” On Friday, Andrey Rublev also advocated for peace, writing “No war…


UEFA moves Champions League Final from St Petersburg as sporting world reacts to Russian invasion of Ukraine

The 2022 final was scheduled to be held at Krestovsky Stadium, which is sponsored by Russian state-owned company Gazprom, but will now be moved to the Stade de France in Paris to be played on the original date of May 28. “UEFA wishes to express its thanks and appreciation to French Republic President Emmanuel Macron for his personal support and commitment to have European club football’s most prestigious game moved to France at a time of unparalleled crisis,” a statement from UEFA said on Friday. “Together with the French government, UEFA will fully support multi-stakeholder efforts to ensure the provision…


US military believes Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the largest conventional conflict in Europe since WWII

President Joe Biden said at the White House Thursday that he’d ordered additional ground and air forces already stationed in Europe to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania, and he said that “additional US force capabilities” would be sent to Germany. “The United States will defend every inch of NATO territory with the full force of American power,” the President said. “And the good news is NATO is more united and more determined than ever.” A senior US defense official told reporters shortly after Biden’s announcement that Austin had ordered the new deployment to Europe. “This would comprise an armored…



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